Family Reunion (film)

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Family Reunion
Video tape cover
Genre Drama
Written by Allan Sloane
Joe Sparton (article)
Directed by Fielder Cook
Starring Bette Davis
J. Ashley Hyman
David Huddleston
John Shea
Theme music composer Wladimir Selinsky
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Lucy Jarvis
Helen Baker (associate producer)
Location(s) Locust Valley Elementry School, Locust Valley, Long Island, New York, USA
New York City
Washington, D.C.
Cinematography Jack Priestley
Editor(s) Eric Albertson
Running time 200 min.
Production company(s) Columbia Pictures Television
Creative Projects
Distributor NBC
Columbia TriStar Television
Original network NBC
Original release October 11 – 12, 1981

Family Reunion is a 1981 four-hour American made-for-television drama film directed by Fielder Cook. The teleplay by Allan Sloane was based on the Good Housekeeping article How America Lives by Joe Sparton. It was produced by Columbia Pictures Television for NBC, which aired it in two parts on October 11 and 12, 1981.

At its core is feisty matriarch Elizabeth Winfield, a New England teacher recently retired after a fifty-year career. She uses an unlimited bus ticket received as a gift to visit the distant members of her long-estranged family. During her absence, her small hometown, which bears her family's name, falls prey to dishonest relatives colluding with corrupt shopping mall developers. She returns in an effort to halt construction on the project and, armed with the moral integrity she has instilled in her students for the past five decades, she manages to resolve the situation in time for the annual Founder's Day festivities.


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